ArtSpace Gîtes : Fontaine-daniel

artists residencies

come and be inspired

if you are an professional artist, writer or performer and want to stay at ArtSpace Gites for a week or weekend, there is no fee.

whats the catch?

I ask that you contribute in some way with a workshop or talk on your metier. If you would rather have an exhibition or any other event I am open to suggestions.

contact me

Sent me an email telling me what you would like to get from your stay in Fontaine-Daniel. You can get in touch on


artist in residence : summer 2021

Anne boyd rioux

Anne Boyd Rioux is the author or editor of seven books, including the Indie bestseller Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters (Norton 2018) and Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist (Norton 2016), one of the Chicago Tribune‘s ten best books of the year. She is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, one for public scholarship.


Anne is passionate about the recovery of American women writers who wrote fascinating, sometimes provocative, and often daring works that have been unavailable and unread for generations. While this began as a scholarly interest, Anne’s mission has extended beyond the walls of academia as she has realized how important it is for today’s  readers and writers to know about the accomplished foremothers who have been kept hidden from them. Anne is also the author of Writing for Immortality: Women and the Emergence of High Literary Culture in America and editor of Wielding the Pen: Writings on Authorship by American Women of the Nineteenth Century, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press.




We recently interviewed Anne and you can watch it here on YouTube:

covid-19 update

As the travel restrictions are lifted, we hope that Marlies and Karen, our planned Artists in Residence for 2020, can visit Artspace Gîtes in the near future. In the meantime, you can check out their work via their websites and social media accounts.

next artist in residence (postponed from 2020)

marlies van der wel

Marlies van der Wel is a Dutch animator and illustrator whose short films have been recognized internationally at prestigious festivals such as Berlinale, Toronto Film Festival and Sundance.


Her award-winning shorts Jonas and the Sea and Sabaku were both the result of a meticulous collage process in which she weaves drawings, textures and random objects together - brought to life through a technique that Marlies calls 'digital cut-out animation'. For her latest film Emily, Marlies deployed a different technique, yet the visual language stays the same: beautiful, detailed images animated with minimal but natural movement.


Marlies is known for using simple images and words to tell stories that are emotional (but not tearjerkers), universal (yet still personal) and lighthearted (with a healthy dose of humour).

IMDb Mini Biography By: Ursula van den Heuvel



Watch Marlie's amazing animations on vimeo

next artist in residence (postponed from 2020)

karen J combs

I make drawings, paintings and screen prints on large sheets of paper - with a focus on bold color and graphics. I try to communicate a kind of mystical feeling about the natural environment — past, present and future.

I see the works as something like the visual equivalent of an exuberant, kicking-it-out dance record, with lyrics about things like plants, fungi, dewdrops and wild animals.

I have a big passion for design, art history and contemporary world culture. Works are inspired by everything from Qing Dynasty brush painting to 70's Funk album covers to Art Nouveau architecture.

My latest project is called “Pop Flowers, Ancient Animals”. It’s an ongoing series of large screen prints which began with a hundred ink drawings made during a seven-month stay in a
cottage on a mountaintop in Southern California. These drawings, assembled and re-configured, became the foundation for a series of colorful painted screen prints.


I also produce all NAMA ROCOCO art wallpapers, a decorative arts and crafts endeavor I started in in 2006. I have a BA in Art from Indiana University, and a graduate level art teaching certificate from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston.
My art and wallpaper work have been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, The London Times, Maison Française, Elle Decoration Hong Kong, Vogue Living Australia, Metropolis, and NYLON magazines, among others.


artist in residence : October 2019

Trisha Lambi

Trish's impressions of Fontaine-Daniel...


"I have recently returned from an artist residency at Artspace Gîtes in the village of Fontaine-Daniel in Mayenne. I spent a week there but oh how I wish I’d stayed longer, such was the inspiration I gained from this beautiful village and Ursula’s Gîte.


I was at a crossroads with my figurative painting and came to France seeking inspiration for a new body of work. Not only am I now overflowing with ideas for a figurative series based on the interior of the Artspace Gîte (and the beautiful light which flowed into the space) but I am bursting with inspiration for a new series of landscapes based on scenery within and surrounding the village. Fontaine Daniel has a luminous quality I’ve not seen before and a very special relationship with the trees which surround it. I felt at home immediately in this friendly village and welcomed the independence afforded me by the residency.


Ursula Benjamin runs the program and not only did she take me on a private tour to places not normally seen by the public but she was always on hand when needed. Her passion for art and the village was invigorating and stimulating and I enjoyed her company immensely. The Gîte itself is fully self contained and beautifully appointed. Ursula has decorated it with flair and creativity and every object tells a story.


In short, this village stole my heart and I will definitely return."

Trisha Lambi is an award winning artist known for her bold and lavish oil paintings. Of her work, Lambi says 'Light and its effect on form is my inspiration and whilst I don't particularly aspire to convey a conscious emotion in my work it seems to emerge of its own will'.

She has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Highlights of her career include her selection to represent Australia at the 2006 and 2007 Guangzhou Art Fair in China and her selection as a finalist in the 2012 Art Taipei International Competition. She was a Zone winner in the London Olympics 2012 Art Show and was selected as one of the Best Picks for Painting in the 2013 Dubai International Emerging Artist Award.  Her latest  achievement is her selection to exhibit in Underbelly, a group show curated by Dab Art at H Gallery in Ventura California and her selection as a finalist in the 2018 Artbox Project New York.





The images is 'Wistful Dreaming' inspired by the view from the bedroom window of Reflet Gîte.